What They Said: Jacques Ellul

“Technique has penetrated the deepest recesses of the human being. The machine tends not only to create a new human environment, but also to modify man’s very essence. The milieu in which he lives is no longer his. He must adapt himself, as though the world were new, to a universe for which he was not created. He was made to go six kilometers an hour, and he goes a thousand. He was made to eat when he was hungry and to sleep when he was sleepy; instead, he obeys a clock. He was made to have contact with living things, and he lives in a world of stone. He was created with a certain essential unity, and he is fragmented by all the forces of the modern world.”
― Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society

 

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  1. The wise in the way speak of circular time
    Processions of Moons and the Seasons
    In circles we count twenty four thousand years
    Through ages of Darkness and Reason

    A steady machine of Ascension and Light
    We make our way out of this well
    Though garnished with beauty of nature and life
    We’re not here forever to dwell

    I’ve pondered the Steles the Ancients bequeathed
    That point out Eternities Way
    To raise generations, each better and kind
    With more wisdom gained every day

    Now those who would keep us in chains steer the words
    And coarsen the children to come
    It is our sworn duty to cast them aside
    And prosper our Soul’s final sum

  2. john powell says:

    Mr. Ellul’s observation states a truth which is vital for nurturing and guiding sustainable stability of human poulations.

    Although that truth’s importance is elementary to the well-being of human consciousness, human physical health, human economics, human governance, human ethics and human culture, it is aggressively discredited and exiled by the overlords of modern civilization’s industrial, commercial and “educational” agendas, whose desire is that the toiling masses ignore it and suffer the consequences, for the benefit of only the overlords themselves.

    Financially insulated, the overlords look down from their towers, at the catastrophic consequences of their hyper-materialist, hierarchical, public-psychology-engineering agendas; consequences which are, by design, intended to be suffered exclusively by the toiling masses.

    In his words above, Mr. Ellul surely indicates his studied awareness of those consequences, and, if I were asked to, I would describe those consequences as follows:

    Pandemic, global, perpetual shattered and unstable human consciousness, shattered and unstable human physical health, shattered and unstable human family economics, shattered and unstable human governance, shattered and unstable human ethics, shattered and unstable outcomes of the human “educational” process, and a plague-like international human culture of working class disassociation, disorientation and chronic scapegoating by a species lost in the attempt to assign blame for the vaguely-sensed absence, in the life of that species, of Nature’s melodies of universal familial oneness, resulting from that species having been “educated” into forgetting how to identify that absence, and how to identify the myriad of institutional assailants (past and present, secular and religious) which are responsible for cooperatively plotting and imposing that systemic absense.

  3. Sharon says:

    They scorned us “hippies” for dropping out; because we saw this world for what it was. Yet, I was drawn back into the race and in my fading years I protest but have little energy to be a threat to that world of stone.

    • Carolyn Norwood says:

      Sharon, I was in the hippie movement myself. We earnestly believed we could save the world with our love. Perhaps we still can, by continuing to radiate that light toward one person at a time, and even the stone.

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